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Critic Reviews for Summertime
The film stacks up as promising entertainment -- with some reservations.
The challenge thus set of making Venice the moving force in propelling the play has been met by Mr. Lean as the director with magnificent feeling and skill.
The script maintains slightly the tone of an impeccably smooth and glossy novelette, romantic rather than sentimental, but scarcely concerned to explore its situation very deeply.
Audience Reviews for Summertime
Katherine Hepburn plays Jane Hudson, an American who takes her first trip to Venice, Italy, in the 1955 David Lean film "Summertime." Hudson has a modest job in Akron, Ohio, and she tells everyone who will listen that she's saved up for years. Upon arriving in the city she meets several Americans and spends time with them getting to know the city, but when they go their separate ways as couples, Hudson starts to feel lonliness. Hudson then meets a charming Venetian antiques dealer in a shop named Renalto (Rossano Brazzi) and they begin a romance that lasts the remainder of her stay in Venice. The film was shot entirely on location in the city of Venice and the postcard like scenes are capitivating. Jack Hildyard would go on to work with Lean on "The Bridge on the River Kwai" in 1957 and in many ways this is an epic romance that would pave the way for the many films that would follow.
Katharine Hepburn's trip abroad is far more eye opening and fulfilling to watch than any eating, drinking and praying that Julia Roberts does in later years. Her sense of romance rekindled in Venice is a joy to watch.
On the surface this is a romance with old maid Katharine Hepburn falling in love in Venice with a few twists and turns, however, under the superb direction of David Lean, the city of Venice actually becomes a character in the film. The exquisite cinematography makes you feel as if you have actually visited the city. A wonderful film going experience. A big screen delight.
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